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Katana: Bishu Osafune Sukesada


Katana in Koshirae.
Signature : Bishu Osafune Sukesada (NBTHK Hozon)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to regular ranking.

The blade was polished.
Habaki : Single Suaka Habaki
Blade length : 70.0 cm or 27.6 inches.
Sori : 1.9 cm or 0.75 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.96 cm or 1.17 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.12 cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.66 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Later Muromachi period Eiroku era (AD1567)
Shape : Balanced in width, thickness and curve long Kissaki Sue-Bizen style Katana.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach, Utsuri appears on Ji.
Hamon :Nie-deki Suguha with many Ashi, Boshi Midarekomi style.
Special feature : In the Muromachi period, Harima, Mimasaka and Bizen province had been prospered under the protection of the Akamatsu family. Above all, Bizen province has turned out a great many talented swordsmiths. Supplying the demand of the Age of Provincial Wars in Japan, a large number of swords were made there in the late Muromachi period. Sukesada has become a synonym for the Osafune School though the founder was Mitsutada. It is regrettable that a deluge devastated the School in Osafune districts in Tensho era. Such is the way of the world that even the Osafune School, that prosperity and power had been unparalleled, perished in this way in the deluge. Old swords are all that is left to tell how once the swordsmiths lived.
This sword was made by mass productive item but the condition is rather good.

Koshirae :
Saya : Black Kawari lacquered Saya (Very old and Kojiri has a small damage)
Tsuba : Two puppies and butterfly engraved on Mokko shape Iron Tsuba.
Menuki : Flower engraved with gold color.
Fuchi-kashira : Wild geese engraved on Shakudo Nanakoji plate.

Historical background : Tōdai-ji temple in Nara has been lost by fire.

NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 450,000-.